Grant Applications (Unsolicited)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Innovative projects with relevance to dive safety that do not fit other open calls for research proposals.
  • Applicants may be in any stage of their professional education or career. There is no specific requirement for the applicant to be enrolled in a degree-granting program. However, a successful applicant will have documented expertise and experience in research in a diving research related field.
  • Projects should demonstrate sound theoretical grounding and relevance to policy or practice.
  • Projects should employ rigorous methods that are appropriate for the proposal’s goals.
  • Research plans must demonstrate feasibility in budgeting and timeline.
  • The applicant must have proper training for the proposed research and relevant prior publications.
  • Grants are awarded to a researcher, not to an institution.
  • Funds must primarily support research activities and cannot cover overhead costs.
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to present their work on invitation at relevant scientific conferences or public lectures.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF file.

Unsolicited proposals may be submitted continuously.

Two letters of support may be sent directly to DAN Research. The application comprises a short personal statement of motivation (letter of inquiry) and a proposal of the research to be undertaken. Please follow the instructions in the DAN Research Grant Application GuidelinesPlease note that as a nonprofit organization, the DAN Foundation cannot cover indirect costs.

Proposal Review

Proposals will enter a peer-review process coordinated by the DAN Research Grant Committee for scientific merit, project feasibility and appropriateness for DAN funding. Applicants may be contacted during the review process to provide supplemental information. The review process may take up to 14 weeks (quarterly review).

Award Notification

Award notification will be emailed to the applicant within 14 weeks of proposal deadline. Approved awards are made available shortly after notification. The awards will be available upon resolution of all administrative issues (see Permissions). Awards may be announced publicly through DAN’s media channels or at relevant scientific conferences.


IRB approval of human subject studies, collecting permits, animal care and use approval and other procedures must follow institutional policy and regulations and must be obtained before awarded funds can be collected. If a DAN employee is named as an investigator/collaborator in the study, the proposal must seek (additional) approval from the DAN IRB. For more details download the DAN Grant General Conditions.

Progress Reports and Publications

  1. DAN Research will periodically ask for progress reports; dates for progress updates and final reports will be specified once grant has been awarded.
  2. A final report is required for the project; it must be submitted no later than one year from the date on which funding is received.
  3. All publications, including print and oral presentation of findings, resulting from funding supported by DAN must include the following acknowledgement: “Financial support of Divers Alert Network is acknowledged.”

Submit one PDF document to .